One of the most abused components of a laptop computer is the keyboard. The keyboard gets more prolonged use than any other part. With typing styles varying from the two-finger hunt and peck to high word-per-minute typing with all fingers, the keys and the keypad beneath them can get worn out. In some cases, it can be as simple as replacing a single key, but if your keyboard is beginning to fail as a whole, the best course of action is to replace it. Should the keyboard on your Dell Vostro 1710 fail, it can be conveniently replaced without having to take your entire laptop apart and the need for only a single standard tool.
Removing Dell Vostro 1710 Keyboard
Shut down your laptop and disconnect the AC power supply and the battery.
Lift the LCD display and lay it flat, exposing the hinge cover.
Starting at the right side of the hinge cover, carefully pry up the edge of the cover, moving all the way to the left side. To avoid scratching the surface of the cover, an old credit card or plastic scribe should be used. If you do not have a good plastic device, you can wrap a small amount of electrical tape over the blade of a small flathead screwdriver.
Remove the four retaining screws from the top edge of the keyboard and set them aside.
Push the keyboard toward the monitor to disconnect it from keyboard connection port beneath the touchpad.
Installing Replacement Dell Vostro 1710 Keyboard
Align the notches and keyboard connector on the bottom of the keyboard with the corresponding slots along the edge of the palm rest and slide the keyboard toward the palm rest.
Slide the keyboard toward the palm rest to engage the keyboard connector.
Secure the keyboard using the four screws you previously removed.
Return the hinge cover. Align the two tabs on the left side of the cover and, starting with the left side, press the cover down until it snaps into place.